Parent Update Announcements


posted Jan 14, 2019, 4:09 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Pretty good. We’re at 95% Winter Carnival permission slips returned; only missing 15.  I’d really like to get 100% so I will take them Monday morning; I really need to let Gunstock know on Monday of our numbers.

Towards the end of these email is a letter from our 3 nurses here in the school district regarding the flu season; unfortunately, we do have confirmed cases.  I have also attached a .pdf from the CDC regarding tips on how to get through the flu season safely.

Also. attached to this email is a flyer for the upcoming Lakes Region Girls Softball Winter Clinics.

In Mr. Neveln’s 5th Grade Guidance class, students are undertaking a respect and tolerance project.  They are to choose a topic (autism, Asperger’s, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, deployed military families, ADHD, etc.) that they feel would benefit the students at GMS to know more about.  The hope is that the more people know, the more understanding people are of and to others.

Dear Parents of Gilford School District,

I hope this letter finds you well and you are enjoying some winter activities.  As of this week we do have confirmed cases of the Flu and are following recommendations regarding the treatment and recovery of Influenza. Just like with any other illness, we ask that parents uphold our school policies and keep children home when they have fevers over 100 degrees, have contagious symptoms of active coughs, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is extremely important that Influenza like illness symptoms like fever, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, and cough be reported to the school nurses.  Children can return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours or more without the use of fever-reducing medications, and their symptoms have subsided. If you are unsure of whether to keep your child home or need medical advice, please contact them directly. Please see Flu information in the attachment below.

Also, please continue to help us educate your child on transmission prevention by role modeling and encouraging good hand-washing techniques and by coughing in your sleeve.  Our custodial staff is alerted and actively involved in our efforts to reduce transmission of illnesses. Please make sure the school office has your correct phone numbers on file, and additional emergency contacts are up to date.  


Jennifer Johansson (GES), Beth Haddock (GMS), Meg Jenkins (GHS)

Next Week’s Events:

Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet @ White Mountains (2:30); Boys B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops @ Alton (3:30/4:45)

Wednesday = Boys/Girls A Hoops @ Franklin (3:30/4:45); Unified Hoops (3:30); Winter Sports Photos immediately after school

Thursday = Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Girls/Boys B Hoops (3:30/4:45); 8th Grade Parent Night @ GHS (6:30)

Friday = Boys A/B Hoops @ Interlakes (4:00/5:15); Girls A/B Hoops (4:00/5:15)

Have a nice weekend and stay warm!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, February 10, 2019:
Flu advice 2019.pdf
Copy of LRGS Winter Warm UP_Evaluations (UPDATED 2019) - Google Docs.pdf

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posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon and Happy New Year!  An abbreviated update this week; kind of like our school week!

Please be sure that your child returns their Winter Carnival permission slips (and money) to their homeroom teacher by next Thursday.  If not, they will be stuck at GMS on that day.

Congratulations to our readers!  We added an additional 444 books read in December to bring out total to 2533!  We’re more than halfway to our goal of 5000 this year. In case you were wondering, that translates to 94,612,871 words.  We should have a record number of million word readers this year!

Events next week:

Monday = Unified Hoops (3:00); School Board Meeting (6:00) agenda is attached

Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet @ Proctor Academy (3:00); Boys B/A Hoops @ Belmont (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); School District Policy Meeting @ GES (7:00am) agenda is at the end of this email

Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); Meadows Committee Meeting @SAU (6:00)

Thursday = Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Public Hearing on Town and School Budgets @ GHS (7:00)

Friday = Boys B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops @ Newfound (3:30/4:45)

Policy Meeting Agenda:

BEDG - Minutes

BEDH - Public Participation at Board Meetings

BEDB - Agenda Preparation and Dissemination

BEDA - Public Notification of School Board Meetings

EBC - Crisis Prevention and Response

EBCA - Emergency Plans

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, February 03, 2019:


posted Dec 21, 2018, 11:10 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Greetings, staff, students and parents.  I'll be back next week with a regular update but wanted to be sure that I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year and a relaxing vacation.  It is wonderful to work together with all of you to help make Gilford Middle School a great place to be.  Take care of yourselves and your families.



posted Dec 17, 2018, 5:05 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I received a phone call from the person who organized the state of New Hampshire’s “Holiday Cards for the Military and First Responders” Drive.  She could not say enough nice things about our staff and student body for the cards that they created prior to Thanksgiving. She said they were spectacular, creative, beautiful, and from the heart.  Some of our students even shared pictures they created to make them more special. Many thanks to our students and staff who took part in this last month. You filled many buckets!

I have attached a flyer from our Parents of Performing Arts (POPS) regarding their efforts to support music in the middle school.  The flyers will also be on hand at Tuesday night’s Holiday Concert (7:00pm) in the high school auditorium. I hope you can make it and see how Mr. Warnick, Mrs. Sanborn, and Mrs. Beyrent have transformed a talented group of students into an awesome ensemble!

Save the date:  March 7, 2019. There will be an evening presentation for parents (and to students during the school day) regarding the dangers of vaping.  This has become a problem at both the middle and high schools in the past year and needs to be addressed. More details to come as we get closer to the date.

This past Friday we celebrated our first trimester Silver Hawk Award winners.  Each grade selected a boy and a girl who they felt best exemplify what it means to be a responsible, respectful, resourceful and confident learner.  And because of the feedback from the student body, we went back to the original format of selecting the recipients. The winners were: Sydney Irons and Cole Howard (grade 8); Abby Kenyon and Aiden Bondaz (grade 7); Brody Testa and Megan Legro (grade 6); Benson Chen and Maria Tilley (grade 5).  Congrats!!

This week’s events:

Today = Patriots vs. Steelers (4:25)

Tomorrow = Ugly Sweater Contest

Tuesday = Boys/Girls A Hoops (4:00/5:15); Holiday Concert (7:00)

Thursday = Boys/Girls A Hoops @ Laconia (3:30/4:45); Budget Committee Meeting (6:30)

Friday = Pajama Day

Take care and hope you have a great week.


Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, January 15, 2019:


posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:43 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.

As you have probably noticed, report cards did not go home today.  There was (and still is) a computer glitch so they will go home with your child either Monday or Tuesday.  We apologize for the delay and the confusion (keep reading).

While the 5th and 8th grade reports cards are accurate, some of the 6th and 7th grade report cards are displaying an “EX2” or “7U2” grade; these classes are currently in session.  We ask that you disregard those two classes/grades if you see them listed on your child’s report card. The final grade for those classes will be on the second trimester report card.

We are still looking for students to participate on our Unified Basketball team this winter.  The deadline to register on FamilyID is next Wednesday, December 12. Practices and games will begin after the holiday vacation.  If you have any questions, please contact our head coach, Mr. Parker.

Don’t be surprised if your child wants to go shopping for an ugly sweater.  December 17 will be our Student Council’s Annual Ugly Sweater contest. The homeroom with the most participation will win a prize.  Good fun!

If you plan on taking your child out of school for at least 5 days, please be sure to fill out our “pre-arranged absence” form.  Each teacher and myself need to sign off on the sheet. This will also give us time for teachers to fill out the homework request form, too.  Speaking of that, it is important that if your child pick up this work their teachers have prepared from them and complete them in a timely fashion.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday = Policy Committee at GHS (7:30am); agenda attached; Boys A/B Hoops (4:00/5:15); Girls A/B Hoops @ Interlakes (4:00/5:15)
Friday = Girls A/B Hoops (3:30/4:45); Boys A/B Hoops @ Winnisquam (3:30/4:45)

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

P.s.  Candlelight Stroll tomorrow night in the Village!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, January 06, 2019:


posted Dec 3, 2018, 4:14 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  I hope that this brief email finds you and your families well.

No wifi at home?  Your child can check out a wifi hotspot from the library!  It will provide them access to wifi to do their homework, access their Google Classrooms, etc.  There is a one-night limit for checkout. Service is only available where Verizon phone service is available.  It it’s not returned within one day, the student’s Google and network accounts will be disabled. Cost of replacing it is $200.  There is a limit of 250mb per day per device so it won’t allow them to surf YouTube, stream music, etc. Website restrictions are similar to what we currently have but they will be able to get their homework done!

The first trimester ends on Monday, so please be sure to have your child check their grades for missing assignments.  Reports should be coming home next Friday. If you have any specific questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Next week’s events:

Monday = School Board Meeting @ GES (6:00)

Wednesday = Early Release (12:20)  Remember, you are invited to join us at 1:30 in the high school auditorium to help us develop the school district’s “portrait of a learner.”

Thursday = Budget Committee Meeting @ the Town Hall (6:30)

Thank you and I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.



posted Nov 20, 2018, 10:01 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  If you missed it, don’t worry.  We hope to host again next year.  Talking, of course, about this past Saturday’s First Robotics/LEGO League competition held here at GMS.  We had 20 teams from throughout the state competing for various awards. The event went off without a hitch due to the tireless (and seemingly endless) work of our technology teacher/LEGO advisor, Andrea Damato.  This event was a huge undertaking for the school and if it were not for the magic of Mrs. Damato and her merry band of volunteers, it would have not been nearly as successful as it was. I am very proud of her work and proud of the many, many student and community members who worked here very late on Friday and all day on Saturday.  The other schools could not stop commenting on how is was so well run.

And, one of our own teams took home the CORE VALUES award.  The award went to the team that best embodied the FIRST philosophies of:  Discovery; exploring new skills and ideas. Innovation; using creativity and persistence to solve problems.  Impact; applying what is learned to improve our world. Inclusion; respecting one another and embracing our differences.  Teamwork; showing that we are stronger when we work together. Fun; enjoying and celebrating what we do! Kudos to John Blandford, Vincent Marcella, Ben Selfridge and Ben Smith!

Kudos also to Mr. Bowler and his team of mathletes for taking second place (just 4 points shy of first!) at last week’s Math Meet up at Plymouth.  Their next meet will be a “virtual” one that will take place during the week of December 10.

Many thanks to our students and staff for creating hundreds of holiday greeting cards for our troops and first responders to help make this time of season more special.

This week’s tip for middle school parents comes from Scholastic is “13 Tips for Success from a Middle School Principal.”

  1. Help your child manage homework time

  2. Show interest in your child’s studies

  3. Discuss ideas and feelings about school, studies, and activities

  4. Read and review with your child the information that schools and districts provide

  5. Contact counselors, administrators, and teachers periodically

  6. Be sure that he/she attends school on a regular basis

  7. Encourage them to pursue interests and make friends through extracurricular activities

  8. Know your child’s friends

  9. Make it clear that they must follow school rules and policies

  10. Encourage him/her to get to know his/her counselor

  11. Attend parent meetings

  12. Volunteer at school

  13. Consistently acknowledge and reward efforts at school

Next week’s events:

Monday = Winter sports practices begin

Tuesday = Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30); Budget Committee Meeting at GHS Library (6:30)

Thursday = Budget Committee Meeting at Town Hall (6:30)

Friday = Last day of the first Trimester (tentative)

Lastly, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Thank you and take care,



posted Nov 9, 2018, 4:33 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email find you and your families well.

When coming to parent conferences tonight and/or tomorrow, please check the lost and found items displayed on the first floor near the grand staircase.  There are many pieces of clothing as well as footwear, lunch boxes, water bottles and so forth. Any of these items left over after the long weekend will be donated.  Also, there are several pieces of jewelry as well as a pair of glasses in the main office that we’d like to get back to their rightful owners.

If you’re hungry after tonight’s conferences, head on over to Fratello’s and help support the Class of 2019.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Our major LEGO/Robotics event is only a week away and we are in dire need of volunteers.  Please click here to sign up!

Congratulations to Jesse Powers on successfully getting into the Middle Level Honors Festival this year with his mallet audition!  The festival will take place in Salem, New Hampshire on Friday, March 15. Way to go, Jesse!!

For parents of kids of all ages, the PTA is sponsoring a presentation by Shen Curley, Family Nurse Practitioner student at Rivier University.  She is conducting a Health Promotion Project to address insecurity and low self esteem in adolescents. You will learn how to help your adolescent who may be struggling in building their self-confidence.  This will take place at the GES library on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30.

Many of our students in all grade levels will be taking part in the 2018 Holiday Cards 4 Our Military-NH Challenge. The Holiday Cards challenge is an effort to collect thousands of greeting cards for military service members. Last year, nearly 17,000 cards were collected for Navy sailors here in the state; this year, organizers will be expanding the program to all five branches of military service. Students only need to sign their first name and include their city and state to their cards. The challenge is open to everyone, not just students.  We will be collected the cards the Tuesday before we leave for Thanksgiving Break.


Thank you and have a nice weekend.



Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, December 08, 2018:
Class of 2019 Fratello's Fundraiser.pdf


posted Nov 5, 2018, 4:27 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope you had a happy Halloween.  Did your kids get too much candy? If so, you can donate your extra treats to support our Troops, Veterans and First Responders!  Last year Operation Gratitude collected more than 400,000 pounds of candy, distributing it to US Troops serving far away from home, Veterans, and First Responders.  This year, Ms. Scudder’s homeroom would like to increase that donation as a way of saying “Thank you” to all who have served. You can bring in individually wrapped, fun-sized Halloween candy next week; please do not donate bags of loose candy.  Students can bring them to Ms. Scudder’s room and they can also be brought to the front office during parent conferences next week.

I have attached to this email two documents.  One regarding the GHS Interact/Gilford Rotary’s upcoming, “Tea Party” on November 10 and the Gilford Got Lunch Election Day Food Drive next Tuesday at the Gilford Youth Center.

Next week, our Student Council will begin their “Showing Gratitude Campaign.”  Members will be working lunches selling thank you notes ($2 for 1 or $5 for 3).  The notes will be attached to baggies of candy and delivered Thanksgiving Week. Staff and students will be able to write a thank you note to a friend, teacher, student or colleague showing them appreciation for making them laugh, standing up for them, listening to them, helping them etc.  Anything that “filled their bucket.”

Next week’s events:

Monday = School Board Meeting at GHS Library (5:30-7:00); Presentation of School Board Proposed Budget at GHS Auditorium (7:00).

Thursday = No Homework Group; Parent Conferences (3:00-6:00)

Friday = No School; Parent Conferences (8:00-3:00)

Thank you and have a nice weekend!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, December 02, 2018:
GGL Election Day Food Drive Flyer 11-6-2019.pdf


posted Oct 25, 2018, 10:21 AM by Suzanne Bowen


Good afternoon.  For parents of 5th, 6th and 7th graders, the slots for the PTA After-School Spanish/French Program are quickly filling up.  There are only a few more spots for Spanish left. I also have a lot of parents who would like to have their child take French, too.  On Monday, I will start filling the remaining spots with parents who requested both French & Spanish. Just email me with your child’s first and second choices, please.

I have attached a letter from our athletic director, Rick Acquilano, regarding the upcoming winter athletic season.

Tomorrow night is our annual Halloween Dance for 7th and 8th grade.  Please be sure that your child’s costume is school appropriate and that they are picked up from the dance promptly at 8:30.  The dance begins at 7:00 with a cost of $5.00. There will be pizza, water and snacks on hand to purchase.

If you would like to sign up for a student/parent conference, you can do so via our school’s website.  If there is a date/time that does not work for you, please do not hesitate to email the teacher to arrange a different time.  

The November 5th School Board Meeting will be held at 5:30 in the high school library.  At 7:00 that same evening, there will be a public presentation of the School Board’s budget in the high school auditorium (Lecture Hall A).

I have also attached to this email, the annual Gunstock Ski Club Sale which will take place tomorrow night from 4:00-8:00.

Lastly, there is a third attachment with information on the Gilford Youth Center’s Haunted Village which takes place on Halloween from 4:00-6:00.  Cost is $8.00.

Have a great weekend and keep you Sox on!


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, November 24, 2018:
letter to parents winter 2018 ghs-gms.docx
ski flyer.jpg

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